When the interviewer mentioned the issue, the drummer said that he likes “a little danger.” He also remembered the past and revealed that there was a fight between bands and competition.
“I’ve heard some of these bands – I hear a retro thing, but it doesn’t have the same feel as that old music to me,” he said. “I think bands rocked harder back in the day.
“It’s missing the sweat factor to me. Nothing beats those early guys. When you watch Little Richard, and he’s pounding, there’s just a different passion that those guys had.
“And I think in the ’70s, guys carried that energy and there was this competition and this fight between bands and competition that went on. Now everything is a little nice.
“Maybe that’s what it is – everything is so nice and friendly. I like a little danger. There’s not too much danger in these new bands. I think that’s what I’m missing – it’s not dangerous. Good rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be a dangerous thing.
“When I go up there, I wanna kick everybody’s ass. I’m not out to be friends with them… When I came up and played in clubs, and there was another band, I was gonna kick their ass.
“When I got on a stage with other drummers, even if I was in the opening band and there was a headlining act, I wanted to kick that drummer’s ass, which is not a bad thing.
“That’s not lack of respect. It’s, ‘Look out, here I come.’ And I play that way. And I’ve played with younger guys – they don’t play that way. Old guys play that way.”